And The Woods Go Marching On!
Buckhurst Hill 1 – 4 Woodford Town
Tuesday 28th February 2023 | @ Myrak Park | 7:45 pm kick off | Attendance: 206
By Alex Skamiotis
The match started off at a frantic pace, with both teams looking to gain an early advantage. Buckhurst Hill were pressing high up the pitch and looked dangerous on the counter-attack, but it was Woodford Town who took the lead in the 7th minute through Ernest Okoh, who fired in a low shot past the Buckhurst Hill goalkeeper to give his team the early advantage.
Despite going behind, Buckhurst Hill tried to conjure up a number of chances, but were unable to find the back of the net. Woodford Town went into halftime with a 0-1 lead.
The second half started much like the first, with Buckhurst Hill pushing forward and looking for the equalizer. However, it was Woodford who scored the next goal, with Jadeon Phillips scoring in the 47th minute to double their lead, 0-2.
Buckhurst Hill continued to press forward, however, their hopes of a revival were short-lived as Woodford Town FC quickly made it 0-3 in the 62nd minute, with Luke Parrott scoring from a speculative shot that slipped through The Stags’ goalkeeper’s hands.
To The Stags’ credit, they never gave up and at times played some neat football, and their efforts were rewarded with a penalty in the 68th minute. Sonny Shilling stepped up to take the spot kick slotting it into the middle of the goal, bringing the scoreline to 1-3 and giving his team a glimmer of hope.
From there on though, Woodford Town looked comfortable and added a fourth goal in injury time. Jack Hilaire won the ball at left back and using his pace and strength, ran the length of the pitch and got in behind the Stags defence taking a low shot which was parried by the GK only to fall nicely to Wale Odedoyin to put it away and secure a comprehensive 1-4 victory.
Overall, it was a dominant performance from Woodford Town, who were clinical in front of goal and solid at the back. Buckhurst Hill FC will be disappointed with the result, but can take some positives from their performance, including Shilling’s penalty, and will look to bounce back in their next game. We wish them luck.
Woodford Town Starting XI: Eddie Allen, Kahlil Kirwan-Meade, Jack Hilaire, Simon Omope, Lee Sharpe, Guy Kiangebeni, Dimmy Nicolaou, Georges Kebi (c), Luke Parrott, Jaedon Phillips, Ernest Okoh
Substitutes: Ben Byrne, James Runham, Ope Mosuro, Wale Odedoyin, Dimitri Christou